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  • Danny Green scoreless, shoots 0-of-6 Sunday
    Danny Green failed to connect on his six 3-point attempts in Game 4, going scoreless with two rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes of action.

    Advice: Five of Green's 3-pointers were of the 'uncontested' variety, meaning no Clippers' defender was within 3.5 feet of him, yet he still came up empty in the tough home loss. He's now averaging 6.5 points on 29.0 percent shooting in the series. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:50 pm
  • Tiago Splitter bombs in 18 scoreless minutes
    Tiago Splitter bombed on Sunday with zero points on 0-of-5 shooting, four rebounds, one rebound, four personal fouls and no other stats in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Splitter was quickly benched in the fourth quarter after failing to box out Chris Paul for a rebound, and he's been a non-factor vs. the Clippers' frontcourt. Whether due to a lingering calf injury, the matchup with DeAndre Jordan or both, in the past four games Splitter is averaging 2.0 points on 23.1 percent shooting, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists. He's also failed to block a shot all series. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:48 pm
  • Mike Conley needs surgery on facial fractures
    Mike Conley will have surgery on Monday to repair multiple facial fractures and his timetable for recovery is uncertain.

    Advice: TNT's Lewis Johnson broke the news. We already know that Conley will not play in Game 4, leaving Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes to run the PG spot, and his availability for a potential second-round matchup should be determined after the surgery. Russell Westbrook missed only one game after having facial surgery in early March but that's an exception, and the nature of Conley's multiple fractures will determine the length of his absence. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:36 pm
     
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    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Matt Barnes dealing w/ strained rotator cuff
    Matt Barnes was hampered by fouls and a shoulder injury throughout Sunday's game, which he finished with only four points on 2-of-8 shooting, two rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: The bright side for L.A. is that Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford and Glen Davis all played very well for the Clippers' much-maligned bench unit, contributing to an impressive 114-105 win in San Antonio. Barnes has been struggling to score this series (5.2 points per game on 28.6 percent shooting) but his versatility and infectious energy are key to the Clippers' success. He vowed to play in Game 5 despite dealing with a strained rotator cuff. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:34 pm
  • Raymond Felton (ankle) will suit up Sunday
    Raymond Felton (ankle) is expected to play in Sunday's Game 4.

    Advice: The absence of Rajon Rondo has thrust Felton into a bigger role in the playoffs, averaging 15.0 minutes in Games 2 and 3. He's a dubious source of daily fantasy value, however, at least while Monta Ellis, Devin Harris and J.J. Barea are in uniform. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:29 pm
  • Blake Griffin w/ playoff-career-high 19 rebs
    Blake Griffin grabbed a playoff career-high 19 rebounds to help the Clippers even their first-round series at 2-2, adding 20 points, seven assists and one steal.

    Advice: Griffin turned the ball over just once in 43 minutes and continues to be a problem matchup for the Spurs, who don't have a big man able to defend him one-on-one or keep him off the glass. He had 109 touches in Game 4, easily the most of any player on either team, and will play just as central a role during Tuesday's crucial Game 5. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:26 pm
  • Kendrick Perkins may be facing a suspension
    Kendrick Perkins may be facing a suspension from the league for his Flagrant 1 foul against Jae Crowder on Sunday.

    Advice: Perkins hit Crowder with a hard screen during the game, which resulted in an altercation, and Perkins threw a semi-jab at Crowder's face. It was a bit shocking to see him only get a Flagrant 1 for his actions, and the league may want to step in and dish out some additional punishment here. However, Perkins has only logged a mere six minutes of action throughout the Cavs' entire first-round series, so a potential suspension would have a negligible impact on Cleveland's rotations. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:21 pm
  • Austin Rivers erupts for 16 points in 17 mins
    Austin Rivers was fantastic for the Clippers during their Game 4 win over the Spurs on Sunday, scoring 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting through just 17 minutes of action.

    Advice: As per usual, Rivers didn't do much aside from score (one assist, one steal, and one turnover), but he did give the Clippers' bench a major lift, and he was a big part of LA's win today. Rivers has actually been coming on for the Clippers lately, scoring in double figures in his last two outings, but he's still not much of a fantasy option as scoring is his only asset. It'll be very interesting to see if he can have a repeat performance during Game 5 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:00 pm
  • Chris Paul drops 34 points in Game 4 win
    Chris Paul bounced back in a big way during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Spurs, putting up 34 points, seven assists, three rebounds, two 3-pointers, one block, one steal and two turnovers through 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: After going just 3-of-11 from the field during Friday's Game 3 loss, Paul sank 11-of-19 of his shots while going a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe in a crucial Game 4 win for the Clippers. The Clippers will now head back to Los Angeles with the series tied up at two a piece, and they'll need Paul to keep the momentum going if they hope to take the 3-2 lead over the defending champs. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:49 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas shoots 4-of-17 in Game 4 loss
    Isaiah Thomas shot just 4-of-17 from the field during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Cavs, scoring 21 points with nine assists, five rebounds, one 3-pointer, on steal and four turnovers through 37 minutes of action.

    Advice: Thomas struggled from the field, but he still got his points by going a perfect 12-of-12 from the charity stripe. Thomas' numbers made a major jump when he was traded to Boston, averaging 19.0 points, 5.4 assists, and 2.3 three-pointers per game through 21 games with the Celtics. He was a major reason why Boston was able to make the playoffs this season, and he figures to be a mid-round asset next year as Boston's sixth man. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:20 pm
  • Avery Bradley scores 16 points in Game 4 loss
    Avery Bradley scored 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting (3-of-4 from the stripe) in Boston's season-ending Game 4 loss to the Cavs, adding five rebounds, one three-pointer, on steal and one turnover through 40 minutes of action.

    Advice: Bradley finally had a relatively healthy season this year, making it through 77 games. However, one healthy season doesn't completely remove the injury prone label from Bradley, and his 42.8 percent shooting from the field does weigh down his value. Still, his scoring (13.9), 3-point shooting (1.6), a steals (1.1) numbers make him worth owning as a low-end asset in standard leagues, and he'll be someone to consider towards the later rounds of next year's fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:52 pm
  • Beno Udrih (ankle) will play in Game 4 on Mon
    Beno Udrih (ankle) said that he will play in Game 4 against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Udrih sat out on Saturday, but with Mike Conley (face) going down, Memphis really needs all they can get from Udrih. He'll likely start with Conley unavailable, so he'll be someone to consider as a low-end, plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:23 pm
  • Mike Conley (face) out for Game 4 on Monday
    Mike Conley (face) will return to Memphis to undergo further evaluation, and he has been ruled out for Monday's Game 4 against Portland.

    Advice: With Conley out for Game 4 expect Beno Udrih to draw the start with Nick Calathes playing extended minutes off the bench. The Grizzlies are saying that Conley's injury is serious, so there's a good chance his absence extends beyond Game 4. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph will do the heavy lifting on offense for however long Conley is unavailable. For what it's worth, Conley's personal chef posted on Facebook that Conley will have surgery, but his person chef isn't exactly the most reliable source. We'll be waiting for an official diagnosis from the Grizzlies' organization. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:59 pm
     
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    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • LeBron James flirts with triple-double in win
    LeBron James fell just two assists shy of a triple-double during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Celtics with 27 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one 3-pointer, one block and six turnovers through 46 minutes of action.

    Advice: James shot 10-of-24 from the field and 6-of-10 from the stripe, and this game was more of a wrestling match than a basketball game. The Cavs closed out their series today with a sweep of the Celtics, which is the sixth time a LeBron-led team has swept a best-of-seven-series. The likely second-round matchup of Chicago vs. Cleveland is going to be a very exciting matchup. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:07 pm
  • Aron Baynes (ankle) available for Game 4
    Gregg Popovich said that everyone will be available to play for Sunday's Game 4 against the Clippers.

    Advice: Baynes spent Friday's Game 3 on the sidelines with a sprained ankle, but he'll return to action on Sunday. With the rest of the Spurs healthy, Baynes doesn't offer much fantasy value at all. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:00 pm
  • J.R. Smith ejected from Game 4 for Flagrant 2
    J.R. Smith was ejected from Sunday's Game 4 against the Celtics for a Flagrant 2 foul against Jae Crowder.

    Advice: Smith was boxing out Crowder, and then hit him with a vicious elbow to the face, and there's a good chance Smith is looking at a suspension from the league. He'll finish Sunday's game with eight points, two 3-pointers, and two steals. Iman Shumpert will likely pick up most of his minutes during the Cavs' next game. Click the link below to see the dirty play for yourself. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:46 am
  • Pelicans to offer max deal to Anthony Davis
    The Pelicans will offer Anthony Davis a five-year max deal this summer that could approach $140 million according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: This is probably the easiest decision the Pelicans will ever make, as Davis has quickly become one of the best players in the NBA. The details of the contract could change depending on the new cap rules, but the Pelicans plan on offering him as much money as possible. The Warriors swept New Orleans in the first round of the playoffs, but Davis was simply sensational with averages of 31.5 points, 11.0 boards, two assists, 3.0 blocks and 1.3 steals per game. He will be on the top of many draft boards in fantasy leagues next season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:53 am
  • Raymond Felton (ankle) is a game-time call
    Raymond Felton (ankle) is still planning to play against the Rockets on Sunday, but head coach Rick Carlisle said he will be a game-time decision.

    Advice: Felton's presence is very important now that Rajon Rondo (back) is away from the team, but he still probably won't see too many minutes if he is cleared to play. Instead, Monta Ellis will handle the bulk of the ball-handling responsibilities, while J.J. Barea and Devin Harris will play more as well. Expect an update on Dallas' lineup prior to tip-off. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:13 am
  • Richard Jefferson is a game-time decision
    Richard Jefferson (calf) is planning on playing in Game 4 vs. the Rockets on Sunday, though head coach Rick Carlisle said he will be a game-time decision.

    Advice: Jefferson has been poor in the playoffs so far, averaging just 3.3 points in 13.0 minutes per game. It sounds like he is good to go on Sunday, but Al-Farouq Aminu should continue to see the bulk of the minutes at small forward after producing 15 points, five boards, two blocks and two steals in 34 minutes during Game 3. We will update Jefferson's status as soon as we know more. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:12 am
  • James Michael McAdoo sent to the D-League
    James Michael McAdoo has been sent down for another D-League stint.

    Advice: McAdoo will be playing in the D-League championship for the Santa Cruz Warriors on Sunday, so this isn't really surprising. McAdoo will likely return to the first team soon, but he won't be in the rotation as long as Draymond Green, Marreese Speights and David Lee are active. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:06 am
  • Tony Parker says his Achilles isn't too bad
    Tony Parker said that his sore left ankle, tight right Achilles tendon and bruised left quadriceps are getting better, but he did admit that he doesn't have the same lift on his jumpers.

    Advice: "Obviously, it has to do with my Achilles and my ankle because sometimes I don’t feel the same lift," Parker said. "But as long as I’m aggressive, that’s all [head coach Gregg Popovich] wants. He wants me to be in attack mode." Parker has been pretty sluggish in the playoffs so far, averaging just 5.7 points, 3.0 assists and 2.3 boards through the first three games. A win on Sunday would allow the Spurs to take a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Clippers, so expect Parker to be a little more aggressive tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:14 am
  • Arron Afflalo fouls out in return on Saturday
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) returned to action for Game 3 vs. the Grizzlies on Saturday, but he scored just five points on 2-of-5 shooting before fouling out in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He did add six boards, one assist and one 3-pointer to his name, but he looked pretty rusty and he was clearly frustrated with himself after picking up so many cheap fouls. Afflalo wasn't playing well before the injury, so he is going to have to step it up if he doesn't want to lose more minutes to C.J. McCollum. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:03 pm
  • C.J. McCollum explodes for 26 points Saturday
    C.J. McCollum exploded off the bench for 26 points in Saturday's Game 3 loss to the Grizzlies, adding four boards, two steals and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Finally. McCollum was awful in his previous two outings against the Grizzlies, scoring a combined eight points on just 4-of-21 shooting. McCollum is starting to make a name for himself with the Blazers, and even though he got a few extra minutes tonight due to Arron Afflalo getting into some foul trouble, he looks destined for a larger role heading into next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Nicolas Batum sinks six treys in Game 3 loss
    Nicolas Batum was on fire from beyond the arc in Portland's Game 3 loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday, sinking six 3-pointers on 12 attempts.

    Advice: He finished the game with 27 points, six boards and four assists, but it wasn't enough to keep the Grizzlies from capturing a 3-0 series lead. Batum has been hesitant on his jumpers all season (mostly 3-pointers), so it was nice to see him in attack mode tonight. The Blazers will need Batum to continue to be aggressive if they have any hope of competing with the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Courtney Lee scores 20 in win on Saturday
    Courtney Lee scored an impressive 20 points vs. the Blazers on Saturday, adding five boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Lee was an efficient 5-of-8 from the field tonight and also connected on all nine of his free throws. He was coming off an 18-point performance in Game 2 on Wednesday, and it looks like he chose the right time to hit his stride with a potential matchup with the Warriors on the horizon. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Marc Gasol drops 25 in win, Grizzlies lead 3-0
    Marc Gasol scored 25 points with seven boards, four assists and three blocks in a decisive win over the Blazers on Saturday to give the Grizzlies a 3-0 series lead.

    Advice: Gasol shot just 6-of-17 from the field, but he was a bully in the paint and held Robin Lopez to just four points and four boards on the night. The Grizzlies will look to sweep the series on Monday in Portland, but it might be a lot tougher than they think if Mike Conley (eye) is unable to suit up for that one. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Nick Calathes scores 13 points in win on Sat
    Nick Calathes stepped up for the Grizzlies down the stretch during their Game 3 win over the Blazers on Saturday, scoring 13 points with four boards, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Mike Conley was forced to leave the game with an eye injury and Beno Udrih was held out tonight because of his ankle, so it was up to Calathes to close out the game and he certainly didn't disappoint. There is no word on whether or not Conley will have to miss time, but Beno Udrih is expected to return for Game 4 on Monday. Owners in daily leagues should keep a close eye on the injury report. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Mike Conley (eye) will not return to Game 3
    Mike Conley will not be able to return to Game 3 against the Blazers on Saturday after taking an inadvertent elbow to the eye, and he is expected to go to a local medical facility for additional tests.

    Advice: His left eye is reportedly very swollen, and it was obvious that he was in a lot of discomfort when he left the floor. It's possible that Conley could be forced to miss some time, but we should know more after we hear the results of the tests. If Conley does end up missing some action, Beno Udrih (ankle) should be ready to go for Game 4 and would likely start, while Nick Calathes will have to step up as well. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:28 pm
     
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    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Anthony Davis scores 36, Pelicans get swept
    Anthony Davis had another explosion on the stat sheet during a Game 4 109-98 loss to the Warriors on Saturday, scoring 36 points with 11 rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 40 minutes.

    Advice: The Pelicans' season is over and they had no chance against the powerhouse Warriors. Davis played his last five games against the Warriors (four times) and Spurs (once) and came away with averages of 31.4 points, 11.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 3.0 blocks on 52.2 percent from the field. There's no doubt he has the highest upside in fantasy next season and the only concern will be his health. He's absolutely a candidate to be the top pick in drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:41 pm
  • Beno Udrih (ankle) ruled out for Saturday
    Beno Udrih (ankle) will not play against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He tried to warm up, but never really had much of a chance to play. Udrih will likely be ready for Game 4 while Nick Calathes will be the backup to Mike Conley tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:50 pm
  • Beno Udrih now warming up for Saturday
    Beno Udrih (ankle) is warming up for Saturday, but is still not expected to play.

    Advice: He's likely just going to see if he's suddenly feeling a lot better. Udrih said earlier today that he's likely just going to rest up for Game 4. We'll have an update soon. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:38 pm
  • Beno Udrih unlikely to play on Saturday
    Beno Udrih (ankle) is unlikely to play against the Blazers on Saturday night.

    Advice: He didn't even try to warm up and said he'd rather sit out tonight to get ready for Game 4. Udrih also said playing in Game 2 set him back. Nick Calathes will be the backup point guard tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:24 pm
  • Arron Afflalo will start against Memphis
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) will start against the Grizzlies in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: He said on Friday that he's not 100 percent, but he has been able to go through practice. Afflalo hasn't played well whatsoever, so it should be interesting to see how tight of a leash coach Terry Stotts will have on him. Allen Crabbe will lose a ton of minutes while C.J. McCollum could lose a handful, too. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:58 pm
  • Richard Jefferson (calf) iffy for Game 4
    Richard Jefferson (calf) is up in the air to play against the Rockets on Sunday and is listed as questionable.

    Advice: The Mavs were not very forthcoming on Jefferson's injury immediately following the game, but now it sounds like he could miss Game 4. Jefferson was severely outplayed by Al-Farouq Aminu, who played 34 minutes with 15 points, five boards, two blocks and two steals. Aminu will be a popular play in daily fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:50 am
  • Raymond Felton (hamstring) expected to play
    Raymond Felton (hamstring) is expected to play in Game 4 on Sunday, but is listed as questionable.

    Advice: He suffered the injury in the first quarter and was able to return. Felton played just 13 minutes and didn't score. J.J. Barea was by far the best point guard for the Mavs and he could wind up starting. Felton is not likely to play more than 20 minutes in any game the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:47 am
  • Anthony Davis is hoping to expand his range
    Anthony Davis is hoping to work on adding a 3-point shot to his arsenal this summer.

    Advice: Here we go. Davis is quickly becoming one of the best players in the NBA despite being just 22 years old, and adding a 3-point shot seems like it would be unfair to the rest of the league. The Pelicans will look to avoid a sweep against the Warriors on Saturday, but they have to be feeling pretty good about the future with Davis averaging 30.0 points, 11.0 boards, 2.3 assists, 3.0 blocks and 1.7 steals per game in his first postseason appearance. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:18 am
  • Arron Afflalo says he will play in Game 3 Sat
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is officially listed as probable, but he says he will play in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: "It's no time to get to 100 percent," Afflalo said. "You just go out there and give it your best." Afflalo isn't expected to have a minutes restriction moving forward and also said that he won't have any problems shooting from distance. It isn't clear what type of role he will have right out of the gate, but it's safe to say that Allen Crabbe and C.J. McCollum should expect to lose some playing time. However, Afflalo wasn't playing well before the injury which makes it tough to trust him in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:49 am
  • LeBron James showers praises on J.R. Smith
    LeBron James said that J.R. Smith is simply misunderstood, and he showered praise on him for his work ethic and defensive effort.

    Advice: "He comes out every single day and works his tail off to try to get better, to help our team win," James said in regards to Smith. "He defends at a high level and he’s a great teammate and he’s a great guy." Smith is averaging 10.3 points, 4.3 boards, 1.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.0 treys through the first three games of the series against Boston, and he will look to help the Cavaliers sweep the Celtics in Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:04 am
  • Parker gets easy game in blowout win
    Tony Parker (Achilles) played 26 minutes in Friday's Game 3 win over the Clippers, scoring six points on 3-of-11 shooting with three rebounds and three assists.

    Advice: This low minute total and low-impact game was huge for his ability to rest up for Sunday's Game 4. We'll keep an eye on his status and we're not too confident in his overall ability to produce, but this was a win for Spurs fans tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:58 pm
  • Green gets back on track against Clippers
    Danny Green scored 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting with six rebounds, two assists, three steals and three triples in Friday's Game 3 win over the Clippers.

    Advice: Green has been quiet but tonight's output was a good sign that he's ready to heat up. Check his DFS prices because he might be undervalued. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:56 pm
  • Clippers Big 4 hit just 12-of-44 FGs in loss
    Chris Paul and Co. laid an egg in the Clippers' Game 3 loss to the Spurs, with Paul hitting just 3-of-11 shots for seven points, three rebounds, four assists, two steals and six turnovers.

    Advice: Paul was hardly the worst offender with Jamal Crawford hitting just 1-of-11 shots in 23 minutes. J.J. Redick went 2-of-7 for seven points and not much else, and Blake Griffin was 6-of-15 from the field for 14 points, 10 boards, five assists and a block. This was your prototypical goose egg and they'll look to get back on track in Sunday's Game 4. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:54 pm
  • Jefferson leaves with mysterious ailment
    Richard Jefferson left Friday's Game 3 loss with a calf ailment and did not return.

    Advice: Jefferson logged 12 minutes and scored three points with one rebound, one assist and two steals while on the floor. If he can't go then Al-Farouq Aminu will get all the run he can handle, which probably should have been the case to start the series. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:20 pm
  • Raymond Felton starts, hurts hamstring
    Raymond Felton suffered a right hamstring tweak in the first quarter and returned to action on Friday, finishing with no points, four rebounds, one assist and one foul in 13 minutes.

    Advice: He got the start and just looked a step slow. It might not have been due to the hamstring tweak and it may have just been because he had to guard James Harden. Felton did have a right hamstring injury back in 2008, but there really hasn't been a trend here. Considering how poorly he played, he probably won't start in Game 4 and his status is questionable. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:19 pm
  • Aron Baynes (ankle) will not play on Friday
    Coach Gregg Popovich said Aron Baynes (ankle) will not play on Friday against the Clippers.

    Advice: Not even a mask can get Baynes to play, apparently. It's a little interesting and unusual for Pop to reveal Baynes' status for this game. As we all know, theatricality and deception are powerful agents to the uninitiated. It sounds like Baynes will be out for a couple games. Tiago Splitter and Boris Diaw will play more. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:54 pm
  • Raymond Felton will start at point guard
    Raymond Felton will start against the Rockets on Friday in place of Rajon Rondo (back).

    Advice: Usually, the Mavs would go with J.J. Barea, but they're so thin that they need to get Felton in the rotation because of Chandler Parsons (knee) also out. Felton is likely going to act as an off-ball guard while Monta Ellis handles the offense. Barea is not as attractive in fantasy leagues because it's going to be tough for him to log at least 24 minutes. Additionally, the Mavs used a three-guard lineup of Monta, Felton and Barea three minutes in the second half in Game 2, so coach Rick Carlisle will likely go that route again. Devin Harris should also get minutes close to 20. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:49 pm
  • James Michael McAdoo out for Saturday
    James Michael McAdoo (illness) will not play on Saturday.

    Advice: He is not in the rotation and also missed Game 3 due to an illness. The Warriors will likely get David Lee back to help out Marreese Speights in the second unit. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:04 pm
  • Arron Afflalo probable to play on Saturday
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is probable to play against the Grizzlies in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: He was able to do some shooting before Wednesday, but his shoulder looked to be an issue on long-range shots. Afflalo was pushing a weighed sled on Friday, which suggests he's a lot closer to being healthy. C.J. McCollum played 37 minutes in Game 1 and just 29 minutes in Game 2, so maybe he's lost some playing time due to making just 19.0 percent from the field in the playoffs. Expect C.J. and Allen Crabbe to lose more minutes. Afflalo is still not someone fantasy owners can trust due to his lackluster numbers since joining the Blazers. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:48 pm
  • Splitter likely to get more mins for Game 3
    Gregg Popovich said that Tiago Splitter will be available for as many minutes as needed for Game 3 against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: Aron Baynes (ankle) is being listed as doubtful, so if he's unable to go, his minutes will likely be split up between Splitter, Boris Diaw, and potentially Matt Bonner. Bonner offers very little value in fantasy leagues, but Diaw and Splitter are worth considering as low-end, plug-and-play options in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:20 am
  • Aron Baynes (ankle) doubtful for Game 3
    Aron Baynes (sprained ankle) is being listed as doubtful for Friday's Game 3 against the Clippers.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly when Baynes suffered this ankle injury, but it's sounding like he's not going to be able to play tonight. Head coach Gregg Popovich said that Tiago Splitter will be available for as many minutes as needed tonight, so he looks like the primary beneficiary with Baynes on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:14 am
  • Tony Parker (Achilles) will play in Game 3
    Spurs' head coach Gregg Popovich said that Tony Parker will play in Game 3 against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: Parker is going to fight through the pain tonight for a very important Game 3 for San Antonio. He has however struggled through the first two games of the series, scoring just one point in his last outing, so he makes for a very risky option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:09 am
  • Anthony Davis has huge line in NO collapse
    Anthony Davis scored 29 points during a heartbreaking 123-119 overtime loss to the Warriors on Thursday, adding 15 boards, three assists, two steals and three blocks.

    Advice: The Pelicans went into the fourth quarter with a 20-point lead, but they couldn't hold it due losing the fourth 39-19. Davis also missed some rebounds and one could argue Draymond Green just out-hustled him in that department. As for the offensive side, Davis has at least 22 shots from the field and eight attempts from the line in each of his playoff games. Maybe he'll be even more of an offensive weapon next season, which is scary from a fantasy perspective. The Pelicans will look to avoid a sweep on Saturday at home. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:10 pm
  • LeBron James scores 31, Cavs go up 3-0
    LeBron James scored 31 points during a Game 3 103-95 win over the Celtics on Thursday, adding 11 rebounds, four assists, four steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: He took over in the fourth quarter and the Cavs basically just handed him the keys to their offense. He played the entire fourth quarter with a usage rate of 34.6 while starting the ball movement on most of the possessions. In fact, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving have scored or assisted on every Cleveland field goal in the last two fourth quarters. The Cavs will look for the sweep on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:36 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas plays just 21 minutes
    Isaiah Thomas played just 21 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday during a Game 3 loss, making 2-of-9 from the field for five points with one rebound, two assists and one turnover.

    Advice: After two 22-point games to open this series, Thomas just couldn't penetrate and disrupt the defense like he's been doing since he joined the Celtics. He didn't play down the stretch in this game which may have been due to the poor offensive showing. The Pizza Guy will likely get another chance to be the top scoring option in Game 4. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:58 pm
  • Tony Parker (Achilles) questionable for Fri
    Tony Parker (Achilles) is being listed as questionable for Game 3 against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: Parker was unable to finish Wednesday's game with the injury, but he said on Thursday that he didn't expect to miss any time. We'll be monitoring Parker's status closely, but sounds like he may be headed for a game-time call on Friday. If he's forced to sit, Patty Mills and Cory Joseph would be asked to fill the void. Mills was fantastic on Wednesday, and he'd be worth a look in daily leagues if Parker can't go. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:13 pm
  • Mike Conley (foot) to fight through the pain
    Mike Conley understands that his foot isn't going to get any better if he keeps playing, but he’s made the commitment to force himself to play through the pain as the Grizzlies make their postseason push.

    Advice: "It’s a lot of sleepless nights, constantly doing rehab, constantly in a tub or constantly hooked up to some machine trying to fix my foot," Conley said. "It’s going to flare up, no matter what I do. It’s my new routine, my new reality right now. It’s what I have to do to get ready, and I’m happy doing it because I know I’m able to play. And whatever I have to do to play, I’m doing." Conley is one of the toughest guys in the league, and you wouldn't know he was injured based on the way he's been playing through Memphis' first-round series. He'll be in uniform for Game 3 on Saturday, and he's a quality fantasy asset in all formats. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:21 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • James Michael McAdoo out for Game 3
    James Michael McAdoo (flu-like symptoms) will miss Thursday's Game 3 against the Pelicans.

    Advice: McAdoo is likely to stay in the Bay Area throughout the weekend, which would also put him on track to miss Game 4 on Saturday. While the 22-year-old has shown flashes in limited action, he's yet to see any playing time in the series and is likely to have a very limited role in the postseason once he gets over his illness. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:23 am
  • LeBron James has pre-shootaround workout
    LeBron James went through an hour-long workout prior to Thursday's shootaround.

    Advice: Why? "That's just the mode I'm in right now," James told media in advance of Thursday's Game 3 against the Celtics. James and his Cavaliers teammates have the opportunity to go up 3-0 on Thursday and the extra workout wasn't lost on his teammates. "He's a very focused guy," Tristan Thompson said. "He understands what it takes to win at this level and he leads by example for us." Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:57 am
  • Tony Parker doesn't expect to miss any time
    Tony Parker (Achilles) said he doesn't expect to miss any time.

    Advice: Parker said he was forced to leave Wednesday's Game 2 with the same injury he suffered against Oklahoma City on April 7, but doesn't expect to miss any time. "It's been a tough year, but I think I'll be all right," Parker said. "I think I put too much pressure on the right ankle because of the soreness in my left ankle." We'll update Parker's status prior to Friday's Game 3, but it sounds like he'll try and gut through this injury for as long as he can. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:58 am
  • Tim Duncan concerned about Tony Parker
    Tim Duncan said he's concerned about Tony Parker's Achilles injury.

    Advice: Parker left Wednesday's Game 2 in the fourth quarter and was unable to return and Duncan said that he's "very concerned" about Parker's injury. "I hope he's able to play and play well for us," The Big Fundamental said. "We need him for that. He's a big part of what we do. So him not at 100 percent hurts us. But we'll see. He's a gamer." We'll keep an eye on updates, but Patty Mills and Cory Joseph would be in line for big minutes if Parker is forced to miss any time. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:39 am
  • Chris Paul scores 21 with seven dimes
    Chris Paul was terrific again during a tough 111-107 Game 2 loss on Wednesday, scoring 21 points with eight boards, seven assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He continues to be remarkably efficient in this series. In the two games combined, Paul made 20-of-30 from the field with six 3-pointers to give him a 76.7 effective field goal percentage. As for the non-scoring stuff, the second guessers are going to be out in force because of Blake Griffin having some bad turnovers late, especially considering how CP3's assist:turnover ratio is off the charts. The Clippers will have to win one in San Antonio now. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:58 pm
  • Matt Barnes has a brutal game vs. Spurs
    Matt Barnes made 1-of-10 from the field for four points against the Spurs on Wednesday with 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: His defense was just as bad as his offense tonight. Simply put, Barnes will want to forget this game ASAP. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:50 pm
  • Blake Griffin triple-doubles in an OT loss
    Blake Griffin put up a triple-double against the Spurs in a Game 2 loss on Wednesday, scoring 29 points with 12 boards, 11 assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers in 47 minutes.

    Advice: He had a really bad turnover with 11 seconds left in regulation, which led to Patty Mills tying the game with eight seconds left. Griffin has been posting some massive numbers, but the costly turnover will be the story here. Basically all of his stats are up from the regular season and he's poised for another monster outing in Game 3 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:43 pm
  • Tony Parker (right Achilles) out for game
    Tony Parker is dealing with a right Achilles injury on Wednesday and will not return.

    Advice: He already had left ankle and thigh injuries heading into this game. Parker is dealing with tightness in his Achilles, so it's not a serious injury. Still, he did not look like himself, so he might need some time off. If he's out, Patty Mills and Cory Joseph would get some extra run. Parker finished with one point, two boards, five assists and one steal. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:08 pm
  • Beno Udrih returns after ankle sprain
    Beno Udrih returned to action after leaving with an ankle injury on Wednesday and finished with 10 points, one rebound and one assist on 4-of-9 shooting.

    Advice: Udrih caught fire in Game 1 and torched the Blazers for 20 points and a full stat line on 9-of-14 shooting, but it was a different story tonight. Courtney Lee, Tony Allen and Mike Conley all played reasonably well, so Udrih just wasn't able to get into a groove. The ankle injury didn't help his cause, but it looks like he avoided a serious injury. He'll probably have another big game at some point in the playoffs, but trying to figure out when it will happen, as long as the aforementioned teammates are healthy, will be next to impossible. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:04 pm
  • Marc Gasol shoots poorly, fills stat sheet
    Marc Gasol hit just 4-of-15 shots against the Blazers on Wednesday, but still finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists, a steal and three blocks in the 97-82 win.

    Advice: He's one of the best centers in the league and despite the poor shooting tonight, still rewarded his fantasy owners. He looks like a good bet to keep playing well, and should also continue on to Round 2 as the Grizzlies hold a 2-0 lead over the Blazers in Round 1. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:54 pm
  • Conley, Lee lead Grizzlies to 2-0 lead
    Mike Conley, playing through a foot and wrist injury, and Courtney Lee combined to hit 14-of-22 shots and four 3-pointers to each score 18 points in Wednesday's Game 2 win over the Blazers.

    Advice: Conley added six assists and Lee had three steals in the win. Conley is banged up, but playing pretty well despite the injuries, while this is the first time in four games that Lee scored more than nine points. We don't really trust Lee going forward, but as long as it's clear that Conley will play in Games 3 and 4, he's a solid point guard option in all fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:51 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Nicolas Batum struggles in Game 2 loss
    Nicolas Batum hit just 5-of-15 shots for 11 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, a 3-pointer, zero steals and zero blocks in Wednesday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: Batum is playing through a knee injury and also has a torn tendon in his wrist that will eventually require surgery. He scored 15 points in Sunday's Game 1 and while he's admirably battling through adversity, the Blazers will need him to play better than this if they're going to win Games 3 and 4 in Portland. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:47 pm
  • Beno Udrih goes to the locker room
    Beno Udrih went to the locker room in the second quarter on Wednesday.

    Advice: He hobbled back to the locker room under is own power with what looked like an ankle sprain. He could be getting it re-taped or he could be out. If he is out, Nick Calathes will be the second string point guard. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:50 pm
  • Arron Afflalo (shoulder) will not play vs MEM
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) will not play against the Grizzlies in Game 2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did warm up, but apparently isn't well enough to play. Afflalo has been focusing on his mid-range shots and looked to show pain as he was moving away from the rim, so perhaps his shoulder hurts more on deeper shots. C.J. McCollum will get most of the wing minutes next to Nicolas Batum. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:30 pm
  • Mike Conley indeed ready to go for Wednesday
    Mike Conley (foot, wrist) will play against the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has been expected to play since Game 1, but Conley is not even close to 100 percent. He has problems with both feet and he may also need wrist surgery in the offseason. Even though he gets a favorable matchup, fantasy owners can't count on him right now in DFS. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:27 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Anthony Davis was fatigued down stretch
    Anthony Davis admitted he was fatigued down the stretch in Game 2 on Monday.

    Advice: Anyone who saw the game would have noticed, but AD still was solid in 45 minutes. Plus, his best five minutes of the playoff series came in the last five minutes of Game 1. He might be near 42-43 minutes in Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:14 am
  • Richard Jefferson starts at SF w/ Parsons out
    Richard Jefferson started Game 2 with Chandler Parsons (knee) unavailable, but he finished with seven points on 2-of-6 shooting with one 3-pointer in 23 minutes of action.

    Advice: Parsons' status going forward is uncertain and Rick Carlisle suggested that he might miss more games, thrusting the 34-year-old Jefferson into a critical role. RJ didn't rise to the challenge tonight, failing to record a single rebound, assist, steal or block, and the Mavs are in serious trouble whether or not Parsons can play again in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:45 pm
  • Cavs win Game 2 as LeBron passes Jerry West
    LeBron James had a game-high 30 points with one 3-pointer, nine rebounds, seven assists and two blocks during a win vs. the Celtics on Tuesday, going 11-of-22 from the field and 7-of-8 at the FT line.

    Advice: In the process, James passed Jerry West as the seventh-leading scorer in NBA playoffs history (4,458 career points). The six players ahead of him are Karl Malone, Tim Duncan, Shaq, Kobe, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the inimitable Michael Jordan (5,987). LeBron also committed six of the Cavs' 18 turnovers, which allowed the Celtics to stay in the game, something he'll look to correct in Boston on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:06 pm
  • J.R. Smith shoots poorly, still makes impact
    J.R. Smith stole the ball five times vs. Boston on Tuesday, adding seven points, four rebounds and one assist with one turnover in 34 minutes during the Cavs' Game 2 win.

    Advice: Smith deserves a ton of credit for fitting seamlessly into the Cavaliers' starting lineup. He was a key factor in Game 2, compensating for poor shooting with boundless energy at both ends of the court, while fellow swingman Iman Shumpert chipped in two points, five rebounds and solid defense in 26 minutes off the bench. Cleveland will try to put a stranglehold on the series on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:04 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas scores team-high 22 points
    Isaiah Thomas was terrific during Game 2 on Tuesday with a team-high 22 points, seven assists and one steal in a tough 91-99 road loss.

    Advice: The Celtics' bench outscored the Cavaliers' bench 51-7, which isn't shocking given their regular-season disparity -- Boston ranked first in bench scoring at 41.6 points per game, while Cleveland ranked 30th at 24.3 points. It's an advantage the Celts must continue to exploit if they hope to climb back from an 0-2 hole. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:01 pm
  • Mike Conley (foot) expected to start Game 2
    Mike Conley (foot) is probable for Game 2 on Wednesday, though he'll reportedly need offseason surgery to repair damaged ligaments in his wrist.

    Advice: This is the first we've heard about wrist surgery and it makes Conley's play in Game 1 even more impressive -- his foot is nowhere near 100 percent and he's dealing with myriad nagging injuries. There's no chance that he'll sit out Game 2 but we'll confirm his status once he's officially cleared to start. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:26 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Arron Afflalo questionable for Game 2 on Wed
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is being listed as questionable for Game 2 against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: "If I can help in any way, whether it be 70 percent, 80 percent… I’m gonna get out there and do it," said Afflalo. He also added that if he can't go on Wednesday, he will almost certainly play in Game 3 on Saturday, and it sounds like he'll be a game-time decision for Game 2. He's not going to be 100 percent, but the Blazers could use all the help they can get right now, especially considering how much C.J. McCollum struggled through Game 1. When Afflalo returns to the lineup, he'll take away minutes from McCollum, and Allen Crabbe may fall out of the rotation entirely. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:56 pm
  • Popovich to up Splitter's minutes for Game 2
    Spurs' head coach Gregg Popovich said that Tiago Splitter (calf) is fine, and he hopes that he can play more minutes against the Clippers for Game 2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Splitter echoed the same sentiment, so it sounds like his minutes are due for an increase on Wednesday, which will likely come at the expense of Aron Baynes. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:31 pm
  • Tony Parker (ankle, thigh) a go for Game 2
    Tony Parker said after the Spurs practice on Tuesday that his left ankle and thigh are fine and he will play in Game 2 against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Parker struggled in his 29 minutes of action during Sunday's Game 1, shooting just 4-of-11 from the field, and getting torched by Chris Paul on the other end. He'll need to put forth a better effort on Wednesday if the Spurs have any chance of evening up the series before heading to San Antonio for Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:16 pm
  • Arron Afflalo says goal is to play in Game 2
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) said that his goal is to play in Game 2 against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: Afflalo stopped short of saying that he would actually play on Wednesday, but we'll likely get another update on his status following Tuesday's practice. It sounds like he could be headed for the dreaded game-time call on Wednesday, but if he is able to go, he'll take away minutes from C.J. McCollum and Allen Crabbe. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:48 am
  • Tiago Splitter expecting bigger Game 2 role
    Tiago Splitter (calf) said he expects to have a bigger role in Game 2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: After playing only 10 minutes in Game 1 against the Clippers, Splitter thinks he'll see his minutes increase in Game 2. "I feel like at least least it didn’t get worse," said Splitter. "I got some minutes. That’s good. Even in the practices, I didn’t go hard. So it was good to feel myself in the game and running." We'll consider Splitter probable for Game 2, but he'll again likely split minutes with Aron Baynes. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:16 am
  • Brow's huge line not enough against GSW
    Anthony Davis scored 26 points on 9-of-22 shooting (8-of-8 FTs) with 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks over 45 minutes in Monday's Game 2 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Davis is carrying his team and there are certainly some warts but in terms of overall development, this playoff experience has been an overwhelming positive for him. He'll look to force the series back to Oakland with a win in Game 3 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:27 pm
  • Report: Arron Afflalo could return for Game 2
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) could return for Game 2 vs. Memphis, according to CSNNW.

    Advice: "Yeah, I'm good," Afflalo said when asked if he'd be ready for the next contest. All the Blazers have said was that he participated in some portions of practice on Sunday, and with players notoriously optimistic about their recoveries, especially in the playoffs, we're going to need to see harder news before declaring AA ready to return. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 8:07 am
  • Mike Conley plays through pain in Game 1 win
    Mike Conley (foot) admitted that it felt like a golf ball was at the bottom of his shoe in the Game 1 victory over the Blazers.

    Advice: Conley scored 16 points in 24 minutes on 6-of-11 shooting, but he's nowhere near 100 percent healthy. Despite a successful Game 1 effort, we simply can't be expecting the usual Mike Conley as he deal with this injury. Beno Udrih will be a very important player for Memphis in the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 7:21 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Aron Baynes benched, bullied in Game 1 loss
    Aron Baynes suffered during Sunday's road loss vs. the Clippers, finishing with five points, five rebounds and one assist in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Tiago Splitter (calf) was limited so Baynes played a significant role, but in a short span he was viciously dunked on by Blake Griffin, flipped into a row of photographers by Matt Barnes, and then dunked on again by Griffin. Splitter only logged 10 minutes and Baynes' ability to hold down the paint alongside Tim Duncan may be a key to the series, as he's likely to log 20+ minutes regardless of Splitter's status for Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 11:23 pm
  • Tiago Splitter (calf) plays only 10 minutes
    Tiago Splitter (calf) started Sunday's game in L.A. but he played only 10 minutes to finish with four points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: Splitter, who played five-minute stints to begin the first and third quarters, spent time in the Spurs' locker room and wore a large wrap around his calf while on the bench. He shot a combined 6-of-17 outside the paint this season and faces a brutal matchup vs. the athletic frontcourt of DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin, and even at full strength he'd be pressed to the limit. We'll keep an eye on his status over the next few days since the evidence suggests he's not a lock to start Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 11:18 pm
  • Blake Griffin sells posters in Game 1 victory
    Blake Griffin finished Sunday's win vs. the Spurs with 26 points (9-of-20 FGs, 8-of-10 FTs), 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals, three blocks, one turnover and a pair of highlight-reel dunks in 43 minutes.

    Advice: The Clippers won by 15 points but this was as intense a Game 1 as we've seen this year, starting a stand-out series on an impressive note. NBA fans on the East Coast should consider a late-night cappuccino before L.A. and San Antonio lock horns in Game 2 on Wednesday. Click on the link below to re-live one of Blake's phenomenal dunks over (and through) Aron Baynes. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 11:17 pm
  • Clips beat Spurs, Chris Paul scores 32 points
    Chris Paul was unguardable down the stretch of Sunday's Game 1 win vs. the Spurs, finishing with a game-high 32 points on 13-of-20 shooting with three 3-pointers, seven boards, six assists and two steals.

    Advice: CP3 started the postseason with a bang. He led the NBA with 10.2 assists per game this season, played 82 games for the first time in his 10-year career, and looks ready to step up offensively vs. the Spurs' elite defense. Paul knocked down a career-high 139 three-pointers this season and was 3-of-5 beyond the arc on Sunday, abusing every defender the Spurs threw his way. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 11:09 pm
  • Tony Parker tweaks ankle and thigh in Game 1
    Tony Parker tweaked his ankle early in Sunday's game, but he kept playing and finished with 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting, two rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Chris Paul lit up the Spurs for 32 points in a lopsided battle at PG tonight. The ankle injury caused Parker to briefly head into the Spurs' locker room and we'll monitor his status as a precaution leading up to Game 2, especially since he also took a shot to his left thigh in the second quarter. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 11:01 pm
  • Tiago Splitter returns after quiet first half
    Tiago Splitter played five minutes before heading into the Spurs' locker room on Sunday, but he has since returned to start the second half.

    Advice: Splitter ran without obvious discomfort in the third quarter and appears to have avoided any setbacks, to the relief of the Spurs. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 8:40 pm
  • Tony Parker (ankle) back after injury scare
    Tony Parker briefly visited the Spurs locker room after appearing to sprain his ankle during Sunday's game, but he has since returned to the game.

    Advice: Parker may have simply had his ankle re-taped in the locker room and his return is terrific news. We'll keep a close eye on his status going forward. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 8:14 pm
  • C.J. McCollum starts for short-handed Blazers
    C.J. McCollum (sprained left ankle) returned to the Blazers' starting lineup during Sunday's road loss, going 1-of-8 from the field to finish with two points, five rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: McCollum will continue to start until Arron Afflalo (shoulder) returns, so he may earn another start at SG during Game 2. He said he "feels great" physically and logged 37 minutes tonight, though his lousy shooting was part of the reason Portland trailed by 24 points heading into the fourth quarter. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:56 pm
  • Nicolas Batum back from bruised knee Sunday
    Nicolas Batum (bruised right knee) started Sunday's game and finished with 15 points, three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, four assists and three turnovers as the Blazers fell in Memphis, 86-100.

    Advice: It's easy to forget that Batum is playing through a torn tendon in his wrist which will require offseason surgery, and fantasy owners have become spoiled by his willingness to play through all but the most severe injuries. Expect him to once again log 35+ minutes in Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:55 pm
  • Mike Conley thrives Sun despite sprained foot
    Mike Conley (sprained right foot) scored 16 points in only 24 minutes of action vs. the Blazers, making 6-of-11 field goals and 4-of-5 free throws with one rebound, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: He's been having trouble walking and was told he'd need 4-6 weeks to fully recover, but he didn't seem limited while using change-of-speed dribbles to befuddle the Blazers' defense. Conley was even wearing a shoe one size bigger on his right foot to allow for extra padding but all signs point to him starting without a minute-limit on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:53 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Beno Udrih blows up for 20/7/7 in Game 1 win
    Beno Udrih caught fire vs. the Blazers, making his first six shots to finish with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting, one 3-pointer, seven rebounds and seven assists in only 24 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Grizzlies roared out to a 19 point lead at halftime and never looked back, aided by Udrih's huge night -- he's the first bench player since Nick Van Exel in 2003 to notch at least 20 points, seven boards and seven assists in a playoff game. A superior regular-season record gave Memphis home-court advantage despite being the No. 5 seed vs. the No. 4 seed Blazers, and they could take a commanding 2-0 series lead if they win again at the FedEx Forum on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:52 pm
  • Marc Gasol paces Grizzlies in blowout vs. POR
    Marc Gasol contributed 15 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three blocks with only one turnover vs. the short-handed Blazers on Sunday.

    Advice: Gasol led the NBA with 114 points created when passing to cutters out of the post this season, just one facet of the former Defensive Player of the Year's impressive skill-set. He combined with Zach Randolph (14 points, nine boards) to dominate the Blazers' frontcourt tonight, as Memphis used efficient offense and stifling defense to run away with an easy win. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:51 pm
  • Courtney Lee hits two 3-pointers in blowout
    Courtney Lee made both of his 3-point attempts during Sunday's 100-86 win, finishing with nine points, three rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes.

    Advice: It doesn't look like much but C-Lee's perimeter shooting is critical for the Grizzlies, who averaged a mere 5.2 three-pointers made this season (29th in the NBA ahead of only the Timberwolves). When they made at least as many 3-pointers as their opponents they had a 22-1 record, but they won on Sunday partly by holding Portland to 30.8 percent shooting from deep. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:50 pm
  • Tiago Splitter (calf) starts Game 1 vs. Clips
    Tiago Splitter (calf) will start Sunday's Game 1 vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Aron Baynes will serve as Splitter's primary backup and Matt Bonner (calf) should also get in the mix if he's healthy enough to play. The Spurs may be conservative with Splitter's minutes to avoid any setbacks with his calf injury, but they'll need him to have a big series in a tough matchup with Defensive Player of the Year candidate DeAndre Jordan. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:33 pm
  • Tiago Splitter (calf) available for Game 1
    Tiago Splitter (calf) will play vs. the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: Gregg Popovich wouldn't reveal whether Splitter will start but he's the most logical option to match up vs. DeAndre Jordan. The center position has been a platoon all season -- Aron Baynes will also log significant minutes in the middle and Matt Bonner (calf) may get some time when San Antonio wants to spread the court. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 6:07 pm
  • C.J. McCollum (ankle) starting vs. Grizzlies
    C.J. McCollum (ankle) will start Sunday's Game 1 vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Allen Crabbe will shift to the bench as a result, leaving Portland with a starting lineup of Damian Lillard, McCollum, Nic Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge and Robin Lopez. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 4:57 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas drops 22/10/5 in playoffs debut
    Isaiah Thomas finished Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Cavaliers with a team-high 22 points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds, 10 assists and one steal in 32 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: It was Thomas' first double-double with the Celtics, but more impressively he joined Oscar Robertson and LeBron James as the only players to get at least 20 points, 10 assists and five rebounds in their NBA playoffs debut. His acquisition was a catalyst for the Celtics' playoff push after the All-Star break, and Boston got a bargain with three years remaining on his contract at a total of $19.7 million. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 4:21 pm
  • Avery Bradley (quad) shoots 3-of-10 vs. Cavs
    Avery Bradley returned from a bruised quad on Sunday to score seven points on 3-of-10 shooting with two rebounds, three assists and one turnover.

    Advice: He went 1-of-6 from downtown in 31 minutes and seemed a bit out of sorts after missing Boston's final game of the regular season. Bradley also struggled to contain Kyrie Irving defensively and he'll need to have a better game for the Celtics to even the series at 1-1 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 4:19 pm
  • Mike Conley (foot) will play Game 1 on Sunday
    Mike Conley (foot) will play Game 1 on Sunday against Portland, as expected.

    Advice: Conley was listed as a game-time call, but there was never really any doubt that he'd suit up for Game 1 of the playoffs. Head coach Dave Joerger said he'd play Conley as close to 45 minutes as possible, so he's looking like a quality guy to target in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 3:37 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Arron Afflalo (shoulder) out for Game 1
    Updating a previous report, Arron Afflalo (shoulder) has officially been ruled out for Game 1 against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Head coach Terry Stotts said that Afflalo is getting better every day, and that he's getting his range of motion back, so it sounds like he's getting close to being available. However, he’ll be forced to spend Game 1 on the sidelines, and it'll be Allen Crabbe and C.J. McCollum being asked to fill the void in his absence, with McCollum offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 3:34 pm
  • Afflalo (shoulder) going through warmups
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) was spotted going through a pregame workout at full speed, and it's looking like he'll be a game-time decision for Sunday's Game 1 vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Afflalo is still being listed as doubtful, but the fact that he's going through a workout at full speed is certainly a positive sign. He's currently in the second week of his initial 1-2 week timetable, so there is a chance he takes the floor tonight, and we'll be monitoring this situation closely. If he is able to play, C.J. McCollum's value would take a sizable hit, and Allen Crabbe may fall entirely out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 3:28 pm
  • LeBron James drops 20-6-7 line in Game 1 win
    LeBron James filled up the stat sheet during his 42 minutes of action on Sunday, scoring 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting (3-of-4 from the stripe), with six rebounds, seven assists, one 3-pointer, two steals, one block and five turnovers.

    Advice: LeBron also passed Michael Jordan for ninth-most assists in the NBA post-season history with this performance, so there's yet another accolade James can add to his Hall of Fame resume. He did bump knees with Tyler Zeller at one point and limped back to the bench, but he played through it, and his 42 minutes would suggest that this will be a non-issue moving forward. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 3:04 pm
  • J.R. Smith limited by foul trouble in Game 1
    Foul trouble limited J.R. Smith to just 19 minutes of action during Game 1 against the Celtics on Sunday, and he managed just nine points on 3-of-9 shooting.

    Advice: Smith added two 3-pointers, four rebounds, one assist and one turnover, and he just wasn't much of a factor today. Smith is basically an all-or-nothing kind of guy, but when he gets hot, he can really light up the 3-point category. We'd expect a bit of a bounce-back performance for Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 2:52 pm
  • Tiago Splitter (calf) is a game-time decision
    Tiago Splitter (calf) is a game-time call against the Clippers on Sunday according to head coach Gregg Popovich.

    Advice: Splitter missed the last six games of the regular season because of the calf issue, but he did go through a light practice on Friday and was seen getting up some free throws at shootaround. The Spurs could really use his presence in the paint against DeAndre Jordan, but it looks like he will be a true game-time decision. If Splitter can't play, Aron Baynes is expected to start at center. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 10:52 am
  • Playoff Brow Engaged: Anthony Davis scores 35
    Anthony Davis' terrific game wasn't enough against the Warriors during a 106-99 loss on Saturday, scoring 35 points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and four blocks.

    Advice: He scored 20 points in 12 fourth-quarter minutes and his advanced stats were truly awesome. In that frame, he had a true shooting percentage of 79.1, a usage rate of 42.8 and a net rating of 44.0, which made this game fairly close after it looked to be over in the third. The Pelicans need to give him the ball more or else they'll be out of the playoffs in four games. That's even more true with Tyreke Evans (knee) suffering a knee injury. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 3:53 pm
  • C.J. McCollum, Nicolas Batum are probable
    C.J. McCollum (ankle) and Nicolas Batum (knee) are probable to play against the Grizzlies on Sunday.

    Advice: They're both already practicing in full and have said they're definitely playing. With Arron Afflalo (shoulder) not expected to play, these two will be the primary wing options for the Blazers. The bad news is that Tony Allen (hamstring) will be ready to roll, so it won't be easy for the Blazers to score from the perimeter. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 12:29 pm
  • James Michael McAdoo could get some run
    James Michael McAdoo could spend some time defending Anthony Davis if the Warriors have trouble slowing him down according to head coach Steve Kerr.

    Advice: Davis is one of the toughest covers in the league, and the Warriors will probably be trying out a variety of defenders on him throughout the series. Regardless, McAdoo will likely have a very limited role in the postseason, but it says a lot that Kerr has this much faith in him. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 10:55 am
  • C.J. McCollum goes through a workout
    C.J. McCollum (ankle) went through a workout on Friday.

    Advice: He looks fine and should be ready to go for Sunday's game in Memphis. McCollum was terrific down the stretch and he should be able to get minutes close to 30. He'll be a sneaky player to watch during the playoffs. Additionally, McCollum is shaping up to be a fantasy sleeper next season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 17, 2:04 pm
  • Nicolas Batum says he'll play in Game 1
    Nicolas Batum (knee) said he will play against the Grizzlies in Game 1 on Sunday.

    Advice: He only had a knee bruise and he only needed to miss one game. Batum was logging minutes around 40 to close the season and he could be in that neighborhood in this series. Batum's numbers were awful against the Grizzlies in four games this season, averaging 6.5 points 4.5 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 treys on 32.4 percent from the field. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 17, 1:14 pm
  • Tiago Splitter goes through light practice
    Spurs' head coach Gregg Popovich said that Tiago Splitter (calf) went through a light practice on Friday, but he would not commit to his availability for Game 1 against the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: "If he plays, he plays," said Popovich of Splitter. Splitter is likely headed for a game-time decision on Sunday, but if he's forced to sit, there will be more minutes for Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw, and Aron Baynes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 17, 10:26 am
  • Avery Bradley (quad) good to go for Game 1
    Avery Bradley (quad) will play in Game 1 against the Cavs on Sunday, as expected.

    Advice: All signs were pointing towards Bradley being available after he sat out the last few games of the regular-season, and this report confirms it. Boston will need multiple guys to step up in a big way to avoid a sweep by the powerhouse that is the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 17, 10:05 am
  • Marc Gasol drops 33 points, will face Blazers
    Marc Gasol sure looked 100 percent during a huge 95-83 win over the Pacers on Wednesday, scoring a career-high 33 points with 13 boards, two assists, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: The Memphis crowd should have been chanting "Spaniard" after this one. Gasol was expected to be on a minutes limit, but he played one of his best games of the year. Now, the Grizzlies will get a home game in the first round when the Blazers come to town. Both teams are really banged up, so health will be a massive factor. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 15, 10:11 pm
  • Avery Bradley should be ready for playoffs
    Avery Bradley (quad) should be ready for the playoffs, according to coach Brad Stevens.

    Advice: He missed his last couple games with a quad injury, but Stevens said after Wednesday's game "he should be ready for the playoffs," as reported by the Associate Press in the game recap. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 15, 9:36 pm
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